Here is the authorized, definitive biography of one of the most controversial figures of twentieth-century literature, renowned for his blistering intelligence, savage wit and belligerent fierceness of opinion: Kingsley Amis was not only the finest comic novelist of his generationhaving first achieved prominence with the publication of Lucky Jim in 1954 and as one of the Angry Young Menbut also a dominant figure in postWorld War II British writing as novelist, poet, critic and polemicist.
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"Starred Review. This massive, splendid biography bears out Leader's contention that Amis was "a compelling person, a man of alarming appetites and energies, the funniest man most people had ever met, or the cleverest, or the rudest." - PW.
"A fastidious effort to portray the mighty Kingsley in his full glory. " - Kirkus.
"Very thorough and very straight-talking. Its also very clear in its aims. [Leader] displays the facts of each matter plainly, allowing readers to deliver their own praise and blame, and counterbalances them with his attention to the work. Its an impressively well-judged response." The Guardian.
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